Posts Tagged ‘pick your own’

Bumper Crop of Apples, time for Farm shops to act as community juice/cider maker?

Bumper crop of apples

Bumper crop of apples

This year there is a bumper Crop of Apples, many falling to the ground and wasted. We see this as a great opportunity for Farm shops to win customers by acting as community food hero and invite locals to bring their apples to make juice or cider.

We think farm shops should try and become the centre of their local food community and differentiate themselves from the supermarket as much as possible.

This can be done with fresher, local, fruit & veg, cheaper prices, better service, pick your own, animals around the car park, nature trails, tastings, cookery demonstrations, courses, crop for the shop, food swaps, and seasonal open days like, apple day, where locals can bring their apples and bottles to be pulped and juiced using the Farm Shop’s juice press.

Fiona at the Loch Arthur Farm Shop

Fiona at the Loch Arthur Farm Shop

Every community should really have an orchard and apple press, after all ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’. As most communities have a farm shop it seems to make sense to make the shop that centre. Especially if locals are encouraged to switch from the supermarket to buying from the shop and even growing produce to sell in the shop, with our Crop for the Shop scheme, or cooking to swap food at the shop on special food swap days.

People who love making cakes can swap a cake with someone who loves making stew, then do the rest of their shopping before they go home. All bringing new customers to the farm shop.

Switch from the supermarket? YES, we must. Perhaps not completely at first, try the local butcher or farm shop every week, (using our local food map) and the supermarket once a month for washing stuff, loo rolls, etc. You should save money, get better food and encourage more local production.

So the next time you visit your local farm shop mention apple day, crop for the shop and food swaps. If they are keen and not on BigBarn please tell them to contact us.


Strawberry season, at last!

imgres At last the sun is out and the luscious red fruit is ready. To buy and eat, pick your own, or, grow your own. Like nearly all fruit the freshest, ripest, strawberries are the best, and rarely found in the supermarket where shelf life is more important than taste. So here are a few strawberry facts.

Strawberries are the first fruit to ripen in the spring

Most supermarket strawberries are the El Santa variety specially bred to be picked before ripe and last a long time on the shelf.

Roughly 27,000 kilos of strawberries are eaten during the Wimbledon Championshipsimages

Wimbledon may have 64 player, seeds, in the competition, there are about 200 seeds on every strawberry?

Strawberries are the only fruit with seeds on the outside

A 100g serving of strawberries contains just 50 calories – 0g of fat!

Strawberries can help whiten your teeth? The acids in the fruit help to remove stains.

The BigBarn local food map

The BigBarn local food map

They are full of a special substance called ellagic acid which can help fight cancers.

Also full of flavonoids, which form part of the strawberry’s red colour. They are known to help reduce cholesterol from clogging up the heart’s arteries.

Eight strawberries have more vitamin C than an orange, 140% of our daily recommended amount.

Strawberries can also be white or yellow and some can even taste like pineapples.

The strawberry and raspberry plants, are members of the rose family.
Eating strawberries, which are rich in nitrate, can increase the flow of blood & oxygen to the muscles by 7%. This prevents muscle fatigue, making exercise easier.

Over 53 percent of seven to nine-year-olds picked strawberries as their favorite fruit.

Some fantastic reasons to enjoy strawberries this summer. Find your local producers and Pick Your Owns using our local food map, or some plants to grow and produce fruit every year.